Ways to Incorporate GAD in Everyday Life
- 50/50 Gender split on project committees (and really in any decision-making)
- Hire a house boy instead of a house girl (or both)
- Talk about the issues with your village friends: gender equality, family planning, talk about not being married yet and why, everyday struggles, etc. here!
- Wear pants in the village if you’re a female Volunteer!
- Do the opposite of stereotypically male or female jobs- men serve tea/food at school, women work on cars, men cook at home, etc.
Incorporate GAD in the Classroom
- Call equally on boys and girls in class
- Promote inter-gender group work (mixed groups)
- Create competition groups (you can do boys vs. girls or mix gendered teams)
- Punish girls/boys equally for infractions/misbehavior – Check out more info on Safe Schools here!
- Reward girls/boys equally for good behavior
- Teach about gender related practices from different countries, including the USA
- Co-teach with a teacher of the opposite gender
- Male teachers – teach about menstruation/female topics, Female teachers – teach about male puberty, etc. (Break down gender barriers on topics)
- Incorporate Life Skills lessons into the classroom for boys and girls – Life Skills manuals can be found here!
- Distribute school tasks equally to both genders (cooking and cleaning for the school)
• Participate in Peace Corps trainings related to gender
Examples: Maua Mazuri, Mazingira Mazuri, Huru, Community Theatre, Grassroots Soccer, etc. – You can find the manuals for these programs in the USAWA Google Drive!
• Mama’s Groups
o Income Generating
o Community Garden
• Girl’s and Boy’s Empowerment Conferences
o Possible themes: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Science, Art, Critical thinking, etc.
• School Clubs
o Girls groups
o Cooking/sewing/cleaning groups for boys
o Maua Mazuri or Mazingira Mazuri
o Life Skills Manuals
o Grassroots Soccer
o Sports Teams (promote soccer to girls, netball to boys and volleyball to both)
• Build Girls Dormitory at School
• Clinic Activities
o Testing Days
o Family Planning Days
o Malaria/HIV Educational Sessions
• World AIDS Day (December 1) Events
• International Women’s Day (March 8) Events
Celebrate other Days
Day of the Girl (October 11), International Woman’s Day (March 8), Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10), Girls and Women in Sports Day – All of our International Day lessons can be accessed here!
Water Projects (with a particular focus on getting women involved)
o Water tanks
o Sanitation Projects/Education
Kuku Projects/Trainings (possibly for women’s groups)
Malaria Projects (focused on education of women and their children)
o Education about Gender Risk Factors and Malaria (ie: risks for pregnant women)
o Repair bed nets